Difference Maker

Jim Pynn dreamed of helping the environment. He has done so in a big way for 38 years, the last 19 as superintendent of New York City’s largest treatment plant.
Difference Maker
Jim Pynn, superintendent of the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant in Brooklyn. (Photography by Sonny Maxon)

On graduating from Brooklyn Technical High School, Jim Pynn wanted a career in which he could do something every day for the environment.

“My father was a civil servant,” says Pynn (pronounced “pin”). “I was the oldest of eight kids, and there was no money for me to go to college....

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